Also regarding this topic of different and partly colliding cultures, it helps very much if you are a scientist or engineer. When I was living and working in Poland, I realized for the first time, that the common base of rationality and the common knowledge about the laws governing everything, that this universality makes it easier to work together and trust one another. Even if you hardly speak a common natural language, you are thinking the same language, and you can write down some formula and the others know what you mean, although you speak three languages fluent they do not (English, German, Japanese) and they speak two languages fluent you do not (Polish, Russian). And you get along with these people and like them, whereas you cannot understand most people of your “own” culture because they are boring and stupid, prejudiced and irrational.
I compare what they say. AOC and BS have real original content which they sell for a long time. Most new maybe-candidates try to find out how their program should look like to make them successful. Although they are in the politic business for a long time, they are starting now to build up their persona and program. AOC and BS are already over this. They are in the content, and they are years ahead.
Right, they are old. Also Trump is old. But this is not the real problem. I don’t care about the age. I care what they are capable of. At the moment, I don’t see any better candidate than AOC, but she is filtered away by an arbitrary and senseless age restriction (in France and Germany, it suffices to be of age, thus, when 18 years old, you are eligible for running the country). What’s left then? At the moment, I see nobody better than Bernie Sanders. He’s too old? AOC is too youn, Bernie Sunders is too old, and Trump is the current POTUS. What a mess! But having the choice, I wouldn’t go with ageism and vote for the best available. Maybe some convincing Dem will show up. Let’s see.
It helps if you know muslims personally. You always fear most what you don’t know.
Sorry if you feel misinterpreted. But you might want to adjust your wording to avoid this. The way you presented your opinion sounded quite anti-muslim in general. In your first statement you started with “radical” islamists, then followed muslims without any delimiting adjective (“most people are ignorant when it comes to Muslims”), and only when accused you changed to specifically “ISIS” and tehn “radical muslims” again. What you say is not wrong, but the way you said it carries an anti-muslim message. And you sound very angry, and as if people wouldn’t know these facts, but the police and intelligence agencies of all countries already know it and behave accordingly. Most muslims want a peaceful life, and that is what we easily forget.
There are Maki with cucumber or other vegetables.
Most adult cats don’t like cream.
I was kidding. Of course, what people really do is, they stay with the french fries and take the opioids in addition.
Don’t forget: The most victims of islamist terror are … muslims. In Afghanistan alone, more muslim people are killed by terrorist asaults every year than in the whole western world summed up. These islamists are in fact mostly the typical aggressive young males who have a tendency to beat, rape, and kill, and they existed always and everywhere. They are not really interested in Islam or religious issues, they will use any ideology or religion to pretend that they would do it for a higher good. There were times when muslim nations were very tolerant, and christian nations weren’t. Situations, politics and general beliefs are changing, although the bible and the quran don’t. Same as most christians never read the bible and never heared more than 5% of it, most muslims never read the quran and never heared more than 5% of it. And for everyday’s life, these books do not play any role, neither for most so-called “christians” nor for most “muslims”.
Trump called on SWIFT to cut Iran off the international payment system. When EU officials objected and told SWIFT’s board not to do so because it would be illegal, Trump threatened SWIFT’s managers and informed he would put them into jail immediately whenever they set foot on US territory. SWIFT backed down and cut Iran off their services. Everybody whose funds are lying on Iranian bank accounts is now f***ed up. I personally know a German with Iranian roots who has a bank account with an Iranian Bank situated in Germany and is now ruined. The bank is closed, and there is no way how he could get his money.